Ministry

15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me

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15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me
$17.99

Some lessons can't be learned in a classroom.

A seminary education is immensely valuable, offering theological preparation, spiritual formation, and wise mentoring. But many new pastors are discouraged when the realities of their first call don't line up with what they came to expect from assigned readings and classroom discussions.

Bridging the gap between seminary training and real life in a local church, fifteen veteran pastors and ministry leaders offer advice and encouragement related to a host of real-world issues, such as leading congregations through seasons of suffering, handling conflict, accepting a call, leaving a church, and more.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433558146
Publication Date: 
2018-03-31
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Crossway Books

7 Challenges Pastors Face: Overcome Common Struggles and Thrive in Ministry

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$19.99
With 30 years of experience behind him, David Horner knows the pitfalls of a life in ministry. In 7 Challenges Pastors Face, Horner shows you how to

- balance the demands of your calling
- sharpen your vision
- grow a team
- cultivate humility

Developing a well-balanced approach to responsibilities and passions will equip you to thrive in the face of the many challenges of ministry. This book can show you the way.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780801094750
Publication Date: 
2019-11-05
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Baker Books

Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations Into the Family of Faith

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$32.99
Kids desperately need healthy, committed adults who can help them thrive in their faith and become active participants in the life of the church. This requires the efforts of the whole faith community. Chap Clark, one of the leading voices in youth ministry today, brings together twenty-four experts from a variety of denominations and traditions to offer a comprehensive introduction to adoptive youth ministry, a theologically driven, academically grounded, and practical youth ministry model. The book shows readers how to integrate emerging generations into the family of faith, helping young adults become active participants in God's redemptive community.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781540961143
Publication Date: 
2019-05-21
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Baker Academic

Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ

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Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ
$30.00

Advent, says Fleming Rutledge, is not for the faint of heart. As the midnight of the Christian year, the season of Advent is rife with dark, gritty realities. In this book, with her trademark wit and wisdom, Rutledge explores Advent as a time of rich paradoxes, a season celebrating at once Christ's incarnation and his second coming, and she masterfully unfolds the ethical and future-oriented significance of Advent for the church.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802876195
Publication Date: 
2018-09-04
Publisher: 
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education

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An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education
$25.99
Describes the distinctive Lutheran aspects of parochial schools and the teaching ministry with emphasis on history, philosophy and theology.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780570042860
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Authentic Youth Mininstry

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Authentic Youth Mininstry
$14.99
This book equips church workers and volunteers in smaller, often ignored churches with its relatable humility and unique understanding of real-life work in smaller churches. As an essential training manual for every leader, this how-to guide can be shared by church workers with those working with children and youth, giving them the confidence they need to enhance their work.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758652652
Publication Date: 
2016-05-05
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Concordia Publishing House

Awake, You Who Sleep: The Advent of the Christ

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Awake, You Who Sleep: The Advent of the Christ
$10.00
Advent is always a busy time of the church year for pastors and laymen. Rev. Gaven M. Mize has brought some orthodox Lutheran relief to the busy season. In "Awake, You Who Sleep" Rev. Mize ties in a sermon from St. Augustine, scriptural readings, hymn options, and meditations to be used at home and in the church. This book is highly useful for personal pious devotion during the time of Advent preparation. The reader will find new pearls upon every read year after year.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780359086139
Publication Date: 
2018-10-16
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Lulu.com

Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

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Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership
$25.00
The roles of pastor and theologian have gone their separate ways.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780830851713
Publication Date: 
2016-10-27
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IVP Academic

Budgeting for a Healthy Church: Aligning Finances with Biblical Priorities for Ministry

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$14.99

Many pastors conceive of the church budget as primarily a financial tool, but in fact it is primarily a pastoral tool. A church's philosophy of ministry is locked into its budget, and so the budget will either stifle or accelerate any attempts to move a congregation toward a biblical model of church health. As such, the church budget is a far more potent pastoral tool than many church leaders realize. Budgeting for a Healthy Church examines each section of the budget in light of Biblical principles to show how a church budget can lock in healthy approaches to ministry. Whereas most books on church budgeting are "how" books, explaining how the budgeting process should work, this is a "what" book, helping church leaders determine the pastoral implications of what they choose to fund in their budgets.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780310093862
Publication Date: 
2019-04-02
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Zondervan

Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation

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Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation
$16.99
This book, written by a Certified Christian Conciliator with more than 20 years of experience in church reconciliation, offers practical advice for improving the spiritual health of congregations and the ministers that lead them.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758658067
Publication Date: 
2017-09-19
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Concordia Publishing House

Called to Serve: A Theology of Commissioned Ministry

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$15.99
All too often, commissioned workers struggle to know their place in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. How do they find their place without setting themselves up to be viewed as public ministers or be viewed as holding merely one of many offices of the larger office of public ministry? Is it possible to have a high view of the pastoral office and of the ministry of commissioned workers while at the same time not sacrificing the dignity of either, nor confusing the theological and historical significance of both? This book argues that it can-and should-be done.

Commissioned ministers in the LCMS who desire to better understand their theological place in ministry will highly value this book. In addition, church work programs across the Synod would benefit from making use of the book as a text to help teach a properly balanced and respectful approach to the office of public ministry, as it relates to both pastors and commissioned ministers.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758662521
Publication Date: 
2019-06-25
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry

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Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry
$12.99

Only those who have an undeniable calling from God will be fit for the challenges and strains of the ministry life. But how do you test a calling and how do you proceed if you are certain its legitimacy?

From the theology of being called, to selecting a seminary, to beginning life as a pastor, Michael Milton looks to the Word of God for answers and guidance, as well as drawing on his own experience as a Presbyterian minister.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781527101128
Publication Date: 
2018-04-06
Publisher: 
Christian Focus Publications

Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart

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Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart
$21.99
Drawing on a lifetime of pastoral experience, The Care of Souls is a beautifully written treasury of proven wisdom which pastors will find themselves turning to again and again.

Harold Senkbeil helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction. And he offers practical and fruitful adviceâ?"born out of his five decades as a pastorâ?"that will benefit both new pastors and those with years in the pulpit.

In a time when many churches have lost sight of the real purpose of the church, The Care of Souls invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683593010
Publication Date: 
2019-06-01
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Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations

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$18.99

Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations is designed to help ministers and pastoral care givers solve one of their most significant problems. They are called upon to "fix" all manner of human problems, and this expectation often leaves them feeling overwhelmed, highly stressed, or woefully unprepared. Help is available! Author Denise Massey will teach readers how to coach people to access their own spiritual and personal resources, invoking both God's help and the person's own deep inner wisdom.

The six steps of the CARING process can transform ministry conversations from floundering and uncertain to powerful and effective. These steps of facilitating powerful problem-solving conversation are ones that the minister and the person receiving care take together. The acronym CARING will help the minister remember both the steps and the ultimate purpose of the conversation.

C: Connect to God, self, and others.
A: Attend to the person's journey and assess the type of help that is needed.
R: Reach agreement about the focus and goal for this conversation.
I: Invite help from God, the person's higher self, and other people.
N: Notice, release, and navigate around resistance or obstacles.
G: Generate a loving, specific action plan to reach the goal.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501884580
Publication Date: 
2019-11-05
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Publisher: 
Abingdon Press

Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action
$16.99
Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercyto fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758615015
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Christian Education: A Guide to the Foundations of Ministry

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$39.99
This introductory textbook solidly situates Christian education in the church and ministry context of the 21st century. With over 20 years of ministry, teaching, and leadership experience, Freddy Cardoza is uniquely qualified to bring together a wide range of Christian educators. This volume features the expertise of 25 evangelical scholars of Christian education, including diverse, next-generation voices in the field. It provides balanced biblical-theological and practical perspectives for church and parachurch leaders, equipping them to meet the ever-changing needs of our world. Additional resources for professors and students are available through Textbook eSources.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780801095597
Publication Date: 
2019-11-05
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Publisher: 
Baker Academic

Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry

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Connected for Life: Essential Guide to Youth Ministry
$16.99
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758659743

Connected to Christ: Why Membership Matters

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Connected to Christ: Why Membership Matters
$5.99
Christianity is corporate, not personal. God designed humanity to live in community with one another, and the Church on earth is how God provides that community for His people. Church membership is about more than just "pray, pay, obey"-and this book shows the importance and blessings of being a part of Christ's Church.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758657251
Publication Date: 
2017-07-18
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

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$18.99

"A book every person in ministry should read." --Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture.

Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy--an environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.

Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433541377
Publication Date: 
2015-01-31
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Crossway Books

Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

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Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
$20.99
This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758625694
Publication Date: 
2010-07-02
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Concordia Publishing House

Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry

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Family Systems and Congregational Life: A Map for Ministry
$27.99
Experienced pastor and seminary teacher R. Robert Creech helps pastoral leaders increase their effectiveness by applying family systems theory to congregational life and ministry. Creech introduces readers to the basic concepts of Bowen Family Systems Theory, applies family theory to the work of ministry in church settings, and connects systems thinking to the everyday aspects of congregational ministry, such as preaching, pastoral care, leadership, spiritual formation, and interpreting biblical texts. Each chapter contains discussion questions, and there are five helpful appendixes with supplemental information about Bowen theory.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781540960375
Publication Date: 
2019-02-19
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Baker Academic

Feasting in a Famine of the Word

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$38.00
The Lord warns of a ""famine . . . of hearing the word of the Lord"" (Amos 8:11). Has this warning come to pass in our day? There is no shortage of preachers, but how often do they miss the mark in actually delivering the word of God to their hearers, leaving them hungry? The authors of these essays seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a rich feast from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. These authors represent seasoned pastors and professors as well as young scholars. All are actively preaching and teaching God's word on a regular basis. This book covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching--from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers, and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon. These essays will assist preachers in proclaiming God's word in a manner that provides a feast for those living in a famine-stricken world. ""It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus."" --Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel Mark W. Birkholz is Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Jacob Corzine is Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan Mumme is Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781498203166
Publication Date: 
2016-02-16
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Publisher: 
Pickwick Publications

Finding Your Way in Seminary

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$22.00

Those considering seminary, those in seminary, and those preparing to graduate from seminary need help. They need help discerning their call, moving into the bewildering world of theological study, and balancing the competing claims of school, work, and family. This book proposes to offer that help, and more, because the seminary experience is evolving more rapidly than at any time in its history.

This book is an ideal textbook for introductory seminary or spiritual formation courses that the majority of seminaries now require of first-year students. The three sections of this book provide information and guidance to those who are discerning a call to ministry and considering theological education; introduces new seminarians to thinking theologically, forming supportive relationships, integrating what they are learning in school with their spiritual lives, and practical guidance on such matters is serving a local congregation while one is in seminary; and offers advice on negotiating the ordination process in different denominational traditions and making the transition from study to full-time ministry.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780664259501
Publication Date: 
2016-09-22
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Publisher: 
Westminster John Knox Press

God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons

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God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons
$16.00
ISBN/SKU: 
9781934328118
Publication Date: 
2014-09-14
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Emmanuel Press

Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community

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$17.99

Communities suffer from many types of traumas and disasters: hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and other natural or human-made disasters. These come with associated aftermath: business closings, loss of local industry, recession, high unemployment, etc. There are also personal disasters: divorce, death of a spouse, job loss, etc. Growing Though Disaster can assist communities and individuals in recovery from any of these disasters.

After first-responders leave, Growing Through Disaster continues to assist faith communities and their leaders in the real recovery process. This resource is ultimately focused on helping the entire community, both individually and collectively, gain/re-gain financial strength. Recovery is achieved by individuals working together through this resource's content in small support groups. Leaders will gather people in their community to participate in the process authors Clayton Smith and Matt Schoenfeld provide, a process developed through their significant experience in assisting communities recover from disaster and trauma. The process leads to spiritually-rooted recovery for the people and their community.

"Growing through Disaster teaches us how to 'show up' when we aren't sure what to do. If your church wants to be ready to provide hope-filled care in the face of any type of disaster, get this book."--Tina L. Harris, director of mission, Service & Justice Ministries, Missouri Annual Conference (UMC) "Growing through Disaster is a much-needed guide through the emotional and financial ramifications of personal loss or natural disaster. A game-plan for healing--not just moving on, but growing stronger. Helpful, hopeful, concrete, and practical."--Bill High, CEO, The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation, based in Overland Park, KS


ISBN/SKU: 
9781501890918
Publication Date: 
2019-09-03
Publisher: 
Publisher: 
Abingdon Press